1790 Young Plantation: View from Potomac Park

Aug 22 2011

This would be the view of the Plantation as a 1790 traveler came up the Potomac to Georgetown.  Currently the camera is on Ohio Drive in Potomac Park, but in 1790, it would have been on a boat in the river.   Notley Young’s Mansion has been described as “painted white,” “yellow brick,” and “red brick.”   In a computer simulation, changing the color of brick is fairly simple.  As consensus forms as to its color in 1790, we can easily correct it.

Our favorite part of the image is the reflection of a 1790 boat at Notley’s Wharf bouncing off ripples in the contemporary Potomac River.  Click the image or here to see the panorama.

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